July 16 – July 23, 2017
It’s been a long time since I traveled together with my family, this is a one-week trip I planned to go with my mom and tia Claudia to spend time together in nature and history.
Why did we choose Scotland? It is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene.
We were so lucky with the weather, I was expecting gloomy cold weather and we had sunshine everyday!
We flew to Edinburgh and started our journey towards north on the west coast of Scotland. With Inverness as the final stop to take our flight to our next destination to Florence where my little sister got married!
Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh
- This is one of the most beautiful cities! It’s full of history, old architecture, and mixed with modern life. We walked around Edinburgh castle and did some shopping.
Day 2: Edinburgh city tour
- Places to visit: Grassmarket pedestrian area with shops and boutiques, Royal Botanical Garden, St Giles’ Cathedral, Arthur’s Seat (hills), Calton Hill, Holyroodhouse Palace, Craigmillar Castle, Lauriston Castle, Inchcolm Abbey, Dean Village.
Day 3: Edinburgh – Glasgow – Isle of Arran
- We rented a car and started our road trip!
- Places to visit in Arran: From the tallest peak of Goat Fell and its surrounding saw-edged ridges, to the Machrie moorlands littered with Neolithic standing stones and circles; from the geological coastal features of Drumadoon Point and King’s Caves to the raised beaches that encircle the Isle, Arran is a thing of beauty. You can circumnavigate the island in just 56 miles using the coast road, stopping at beautiful Corrie to watch the seals basking in the sun, Lochranza for its dramatic castle ruins and Blackwaterfoot to walk to King’s Caves. Explore sun-dappled glens and the stunning waterfalls of Glenashadale, and admire the neighbouring islands of Holy Isle, Pladda and Ailsa Craig as you round Arran’s southern shores. Visit Arran whiskey distillery.
Day 4: Arran – Oban (great whiskey here!)
Day 5: Oban – Isle of Mull – Iona – Staffa (3-islands tour by boat with Staffa Tours company)
Day 6: Oban – Glen Coe + Fort William + Ben Nevis – Skye
Day 7: Isle of Skye
- Visit: Old Man of Storr, Neist Point, fairy pools, the Cuillins– this dramatic mountain range dominates Skye and has attracted walkers, climbers, and artists for centuries. There are two peaks (red and black) can be done as a day trip or two-day hike. Visit Dunvegan Castle, walk The Quiraing.
Day 8: Final Day: Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Inverness
Photos of our journey: